School grades: Every Hernando school, from A to C (that’s right, no D’s or F’s)

The district scored a B overall this year. Here’s how the schools break down.
At Chocachatti Elementary, the year began with scenes like this - kindergartner Addysen Gilbert reaching to put her lunchbox on a shelf outside her new classroom on first day of school. The year ended with an A grade from the state for Chocachatti. [MEGAN REEVES   |   Times]
At Chocachatti Elementary, the year began with scenes like this - kindergartner Addysen Gilbert reaching to put her lunchbox on a shelf outside her new classroom on first day of school. The year ended with an A grade from the state for Chocachatti. [MEGAN REEVES | Times]
Published July 13

BROOKSVILLE — As school grades rolled in this week, the biggest news for the Hernando County School District may have been that there was no news at the bottom: For the first time since 2015, no school in Hernando County received lower than a C grade.

The district as a whole received a B grade, marking its fifth B in a row. Five schools received higher grades than last year, while three dropped at least one grade.

"Where there is growth, we will use that success to fuel continued improvement," Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Gina Michalicka said in a press release. "For areas of concern, we will provide the best resources we can and support those schools as they develop and implement their action plan for improvement."

Here's how each school performed:

Chocachatti Elementary School

This year’s grade: A

The magnet school has now received A’s three years in a row, part of a long trend of high marks from the state — it hasn’t performed worse than a B since 2001.

Brooksville Elementary School

This year’s grade: B

Brooksville Elementary has bounced back and forth between B and C grades for the past several years. After a C last year, that trend continues.

Westside Elementary School

This year’s grade: B

Last year, Westside scored its first A in nearly a decade. This year, it’s back down to the same grade it held from 2015-2017.

Spring Hill Elementary School

This year’s grade: B

This was the fourth straight year Spring Hill Elementary has scored a B or better.

Eastside Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

This year’s biggest change in either direction came from Eastside, which dropped from an A last year to a C.

John D. Floyd Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

Floyd has now received three straight C’s from the state.

Pine Grove Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

Pine Grove scored all A’s and B’s through the first decade of the 2000s, but this is its fourth C since 2013.

Deltona Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

After building a string of B grades a few years ago, this year’s C is Deltona’s second in a row.

Bhamini Clarke helps students at Moton Elementary, including her daughter Trinity, left, during an exercise in October where the class use two robots to perform a coding exercise. The school received a C from the state for 2019. [Times (2018)]
Bhamini Clarke helps students at Moton Elementary, including her daughter Trinity, left, during an exercise in October where the class use two robots to perform a coding exercise. The school received a C from the state for 2019. [Times (2018)]


Moton Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

The most struggling Hernando County school of recent years, Moton scored a C last year to avoid being taken over by an outside operator. This year, it maintained that grade.

Suncoast Elementary School

This year’s grade: C

Last year, Suncoast was the district’s only school to score below a C. This year, it dug itself out of that hole, improving from a D.

Powell Middle School

This year’s grade: A

This year marked Powell’s third-ever A grade and its first since 2011. It’s also a new peak in a recent upward climb that’s seen it go from three straight C’s to three straight B’s before this year’s jump.

Fox Chapel Middle School

This year’s grade: C

Another C makes six straight for Fox Chapel.

D.S. Parrott Middle School

This year’s grade: C

Parrott’s C for 2019 is its fourth in the past five years.

West Hernando Middle School

This year’s grade: C

West Hernando continued a streak of now six straight C’s.

Challenger K-8

This year’s grade: A

Since receiving its first grade in 2006, the magnet school has never scored below an A. It performed the best of any Hernando school this year in the state’s scoring rubric.

Explorer K-8

This year’s grade: C

This year’s C is Explorer’s fourth in a row, and its seventh in the past eight years.

Winding Waters K-8

This year’s grade: C

After improving to a B last year, Winding Waters dropped back to a C this year.

The Hernando High cheerleaders are pictured prior to the start of a game at Nature Coast Technical High School in October. Hernando ended up with a C grade from the state while Nature Coast received a B. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times]
The Hernando High cheerleaders are pictured prior to the start of a game at Nature Coast Technical High School in October. Hernando ended up with a C grade from the state while Nature Coast received a B. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times]


Frank W. Springstead High School

This year’s grade: B

Springstead got its third B in a row, and as the school district’s press release noted, it was just a percentage point away from an A on the state’s grading scale.

Nature Coast Technical High School

This year’s grade: B

Nature Coast has scored an A only once, in 2012. This year’s B is its third in a row and, as the district’s press release pointed out, just two percentage points from an A.

Weeki Wachee High School

This year’s grade: B

After three C’s in a row, Weeki Wachee High is back up to a B.

Hernando High School

This year’s grade: C

This was Hernando High’s fourth straight year receiving a C — but that recent streak is still better than the mid-to-late 2000s, when it scored five straight Ds.

Central High School

This year’s grade: C

This is the fourth straight C for Central, which has never received an A.

Gulf Coast Academy

This year’s grade: A

One of the county’s two charter schools, Gulf Coast has received an A every year since 2005, its second year getting a grade.

Brooksville Engineering, Science and Technology Academy

This year’s grade: B

The county’s other charter school climbed to a B after three years of C’s.

Hernando eSchool

This year’s grade: A

Two years in, the eSchool has its second A in a row.

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